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“Comfort Kits” Donated by Kits for Kids and Local Volunteers

SIMSBURY, Conn. – Five-hundred thoughtfully assembled “comfort kits” holding toys, books, school supplies and personal items such as toiletries, will be delivered this week to toddlers, tots and teens who rely on services from CHR, the state’s most comprehensive behavioral healthcare agency.

The kits were assembled over the weekend by volunteer Heather Johnston, founder of the non-profit group Kits for Kids, and more than 50 volunteers who gathered at the Simsbury United Methodist Church. For more than 13 years, Johnston has created kits and brought joy to families and children who rely on CHR services.

Over the next few weeks, the kits will be distributed throughout CHR which has outpatient offices in eastern and central Connecticut as well as many home-based programs for children, therapeutic group homes, a therapeutic foster care program, and a residential substance use program for women with infants and toddlers.

“CHR provides life-saving mental health and addiction services to people of all ages and all walks of life and many of the individuals we serve are of low income and limited means,” said Heather M. Gates, President and CEO of CHR. “The children and their parents are always so appreciative of the beautiful and thoughtful gifts.”

About CHR: CHR is a comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare agency that offers a broad array of services for adults, children and families whose lives have been touched by mental illness, substance use, trauma and more. CHR has offices through eastern and central Connecticut and was named a Top Workplace for the last four years in a row. Learn more at

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